Thursday, 5 March 2015

Bookathonic: Review for Decaying Empire (2 Vanishing Girl) by Laura Thalassa

Laura Thalassa - YA and NA Author

When eighteen-year-old teleporter Ember Pierce wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, she remembers only the basics: she’s been trained by the government as a spy, she’s sent on dangerous missions, and her last assignment—the one that landed her in the hospital—was a setup.

Caden Hawthorne has spent the past ten months of his life grieving Ember’s death. So when she shows up in his room like an apparition, he can’t believe his eyes. But this Ember is different. Her hair is longer, her skin is paler, her gaze is haunted. She tells him what he’s already begun to suspect: someone he trusted betrayed her.

Now, uncertain who is friend and who is foe, Ember and Caden face the toughest mission of their lives—to stay together and survive, as they run from danger toward an unknown future.



This is a tightly put together novel full to the brim with a combination of intrigue, manipulation and betrayal.  The characters display an individuality, which gives them the strength to face their plight, and to work through it whilst trying to maintain a grasp on their sanity.

The plot is made up into a complex framework of personal, political and government conspiracy. Put that together with a mix of desperate circumstances, as the characters are thrown into events far beyond their control.  The principal characters are bound by unconditional love that enables them to face insurmountable odds. They are thrust up against the power of the military that has the ability to dominate, and ultimately destroy their lives.

The bottom line is: who can you trust? The person who you’re in love with, but think they know what’s best for you?  A government you pay your taxes to that are supposed to ensure your liberty and freedom of choice?  The corporation who controls the very essence of your livelihood and job?  Your boss who has control issues? Your peers?

This book is chock full of diverse characters with incredible fortitude, as they face plot upon plot. The reader is led on with trepidation for the characters, questioning the power of both political and personal agendas.

If you want a novel with depth and a plot that keeps you guessing, then this book provides it.

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